In 2017 Burke Mountain Naturalists were awarded $10,000 thanks to the George Ross Legacy Stewardship Program. They used this money to design and develop a bat condo in Colony Farm Regional Park.
What is a Bat Condo?
Like the condos we are familiar with, a bat condo is a housing structure designed to increase roosting habitat for bats. Simply put, a bat condo is exactly what it sounds like- a “condo” for bats! The structure was created as an upgrade to Colony Farm’s bat boxes, as the local colonies had outgrown the boxes and the 10-year-old structures were falling into disrepair.
Who are the Beneficiaries?
The condo will support local bat species, including two maternal colonies that are found in Colony Farm – the little brown bat (Myotis lucifugus) and the Yuma bat (Yuma myotis). By providing an increase in roosting space, project leaders are hopeful that the new bat condo will support 1,500+ bats and attract new bat species to the colonies.